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Will Key read the GCSB report?

Written By: - Date published: 7:06 am, September 26th, 2012 - 74 comments
Categories: law and "order", Spying - Tags:

Key has said we all have to wait and see what is in the Neazor Report on the GCSB spies’ illegal spying on Kim Dotcom.* He won’t even answer basic questions like: ‘what section of the law did the GCSB breach?’ Funny that Key’s so keen for us to wait to read this report. But will he read it? Or will it be like the Banks Police Report, which he won’t read?  And when will anyone get to read Banks’ statement?

But, actually, we don’t need to wait for the report because the full story is out now. A police unit called OFCANZ approached GCSB for help in getting intel before the raid on Dotcom. The GCSB asked if Dotcom (and his colleagues) was a foreign national – OFCANZ said he was. In fact, the correct question was ‘is he a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident?’ – which he was, and which made the GCSB spying on him illegal.

Both OFCANZ and the GSCB are incompetent or purposely neglectful of the law.

Then, in August while Key was busy watching children play baseball in Maine, Bill English signed a ministerial certificate for GSCB that suppressed their involvement in the Dotcom raid from being mentioned in court. Incredibly, neither the GCSB or English realised at this point that the GCSB had been spying on a New Zealand permanent resident. English seems to have just signed whatever was stuck under his nose.

It all came out only later thanks to Dotcom’s lawyers.

And, speaking of Dotcom’s lawyers, this incompetent government that couldn’t be bothered properly monitoring its spies (Key meets with the GCSB more than once per month but never seems to have said ‘were you involved in the Dotcom raid?’ or ‘wait, you spied on Dotcom, a permanent resident?’) has put us in the gun for hundreds of millions of dollars. Megaupload was valued at a billion dollars. The raid and seizure of his property, which has been illegal at every level, destroyed that value. Who is he going to turn to for damages?

*incredibly, Key said in the House yesterday that the GCSB’s actions weren’t necessarily illegal, despite the fact his press release declared them illegal the day before. Cullen was right, the guy’s slippery as an eel. Either that or he’s stoned off his fucken rocker. By his own admission, there’s a lot of green on Planet Key.

74 comments on “Will Key read the GCSB report?”

  1. Tracey 1

    Why wasn’t this simple thing directed to him as a follow up question in parliament yesterday…

    Will you read THIS report???

    • blue leopard 1.1

      @ Tracey
      Exactly! Why didn’t they ask this?

      I have noticed the opposition parties to be a bit gentle in this regard; they miss opportunities like this on a regular basis. Why??

      • aerobubble 1.1.1

        I got the impression that Key ‘leaked’ the crisis early before the report comes out so he
        could mis-align the debate, distort it. As opposition were hit with Key’s answer that he
        doesn’t know yet. After the report I suspect Key will return to the highly suspect
        non-reading of document argument (aka Banks was within the law despite not being
        except for a time out clause).

        So to answer your question, its because Key is a spin shitster par excellence.

        • mike 1.1.1.1

          Yep, I’m picking Key already knows what the report will say, and he’s positioning himself correspondingly. The indications are that they are going to call it a whoopsie-daisy communications break down between OFCANZ and GCSB when they tried to verify whether Dotcom was an NZ resident. Who would have thought it would have been so hard when he had by then been a resident for more than 12 months? It’s just not credible, but Key will waive the report around saying that’s the end of the matter, move on.

          If this is the case then it’s no wonder Key’s body language and Tranzrail eyes look so shifty when he’s talking about this – he knows the story is weak.

          And because he’s already said he never heard of Dotcom until the night before the raid, he would also have us believe that Bill English didn’t think it worth mentioning to the PM, who oversees the GCSB, that the FBI and the GCSB were coordinating an over the top military style take-down on NZ soil.

          Oh and the PM doesn’t need to read a police report that says his minister broke the law and lied to the public and (supposedly) him about it.

          The credibility meter is falling fast.

          • blue leopard 1.1.1.1.1

            @ Aerobubble and Mike

            I agree with your impressions

            It still doesn’t answer the question as to why the opposition doesn’t call them more firmly on these tactics.

            “If this is the case then it’s no wonder Key’s body language and Tranzrail eyes look so shifty when he’s talking about this – he knows the story is weak.”

            …which begs the question, why are the polls not reflecting a nation who is losing belief in his increasingly incredulous fictions?

            Are we simply becoming a nation who prefers to believe palatable fictions, rather than deal with reality?

            • mike 1.1.1.1.1.1

              “…which begs the question, why are the polls not reflecting a nation who is losing belief in his increasingly incredulous fictions?”

              Polls move slowly, but it’s probably because most people aren’t paying that much attention.

              • BernyD

                True, workin workin

              • gobsmacked

                Re – the opposition questions … Today was a case in point. Peters had Key on toast, and said to the Speaker “I only have a limited number of questions”. That was the cue for Labour (who have many more available, as a larger party) to take up the attack. They didn’t.

                The nub of the problem is – the effective opposition parties have too few questions, the ineffective opposition party has too many.

                Re- the polls … Mike is right, most people aren’t paying much attention. But they will pay attention to visible, prominent stories and people … such as Kim Dotcom. Labour’s problem is that their leader has only done one thing (the schools speech) in the past nine months for people to notice.

                We can’t blame people with busy lives if the politicians don’t know how to reach them – or don’t even try very hard, because (in Labour’s case) they think they will win the next election by default.

                • BernyD

                  Should send a Fridge Magnet Picture of Himself to every New Zealander ya reckon?

                • blue leopard

                  “We can’t blame people with busy lives if the politicians don’t know how to reach them – or don’t even try very hard, because (in Labour’s case) they think they will win the next election by default.”

                  I like what you say re “can’t blame people” it’s so true, and I expect the opposition to ensure that the message is getting through and fully consider that their duty.

                  I sincerely hope Labour aren’t simply assuming they will get in next time. I was of the opinion initially, that this government would be thrown out next time around, yet when the spin and shonkey tactics aren’t absolutely outlined, emphasized and driven home…it appears that the effectiveness of these tactics are being underestimated… & yep…it leaves me questioning whether a Left-wing Government is the slam dunker it seemed it would be after the election night results.

  2. Lou 2

    Neither Keys nor Banks ever had or have integrity in my house.

  3. BLiP 3

    .

    We actually don’t know if it was OFCANZ which asked the GCSB to bug Dotcom because we only have the word of those protecting John Key. The last minute scampering into the High Court to lodge documents is just a bit too cute.The more likely scenario is that the US government asked its National Ltd­™ mate John Key for a favour in the lead up to the FBI turning the New Zealand police force into its Pacific bumboy. John Key would’ve been reduced to an incoherent wimpering ball of dribbling sychophancy at the prospect of a personal “attaboy” from Obama. There’s that Security Council seat to think of too, eh John?

    And then there’s the Hollywood connection. John Key was more than happy to shaft New Zealand workers and sell legislation to Warner Bros so, morally speaking, what’s to stop him usng the GCSB to gather information against someone who can be used as an international example of what happens to people who threaten the industry’s business model via file sharing?

    With “national interest” being bandied about along with Prime Ministerial “warnings” to journalists, the narrative and the MSM remain suspect. This whole thing, and this whole National Ltd™ government, is so skew whiff I’m betting there’s a lot more to it.

  4. I can recall John Campbell asking Key a question a while ago about when was the first time that he heard of Kim Dotcom.  Key answered as he has subsequently “the day before the raid”.  

    I thought at the time that someone had some information to show that this was not true.  But it appears that Key may actually be illiterate.  There is no other reason for him to answer the way that he has.

    This is spiraling out of control for National.  The longer Key continues to maintain ignorance the more ineffectual and incompetent he appears to be. 

    The only way out is for him to confirm that he did know what was going on.  And then he is shown to be, how shall I put this, disingenuous. 

    • lanthanide 4.1

      He was absolutely adamant about it. iPredict has a contract on evidence contradicting key to be published. Currently trading about 25c. I still don’t think it will come out from this latest news, but there were “mysterious officials” that meet with police in December and it’s possible key could be one of them.

      • gobsmacked 4.1.1

        Key is adamant, probably because he has confidence in his “don’t ask, don’t tell” system.

        I seriously doubt that there is a paper trail showing that Key was told about Kim Dotcom. There might be a paper trail showing that Staffer A told Staffer B not to tell the PM. If that comes out, then Key can just sack the staffer (for doing what Key wanted).

    • insider 4.2

      kimdotcom wasn’t exactly national news until after the raids. He might have been a name in some AUckland party circles and the gossip pages but not exactly a high profile media figure.

  5. ak 5

    No surprise that the pie ‘n penthouse keystone cops have been under the tentacle of dear old Unca Sam – that’s been a given for decades.

    The interesting development here is that the Axis of Eelville has stopped even trying to wriggle.

    Just clear, blatant, multiple lies. And simply refusing to front.

    Ah well, at least no one’s signed a painting for charity, sat in the back of a speeding car or threatened advertising revenue, so democracy’s still safe, eh granny?

  6. captain hook 6

    nah he will just give it to heka or porla to reed.

  7. karol 7

    I just looked closely again at last night’s Campbell Live video on the issue, to try to ascertain the significance of the document that Bill English signed.

    It seems to me it involves a cover up, that included getting Key out of the country to his son’s baseball game while English dealt with the matter.

    Here is a summary of last nights Campbell Live piece:

    http://www.3news.co.nz/Who-kept-GCSBs-Dotcom-spying-secret-from-Key/tabid/367/articleID/270526/Default.aspx

    Paul Davison for Kim Dotcom, in court questioning witness Detective Inspector Grant Wormald.

    In response, Wormald said at a meeting he attended on 14 Dec 2011 to plan Dotcom raid there were representatives of Crown Law, representatives of OFCANZ, plus another group of people now known to be GCSB. 2 days after that meeting GCSB began intercepting Dotcom’s communications. Wormald incorrectly answered that no one other than police were conducting surveillance on Dotcom.

    Beehive press conference 24 Sept 2012: video clip of Key saying he’s requested an inquiry into the circumstances of unlawful interception of communications of certain individuals by the GCSB

    Clips of the raid on 20 January 2012 for FBI, now declared illegal by courts.

    Bill English document: Ministerial Certificate August 2012

    Addressed to Grant Wormald, Commissioner of Police, and Director of the GCSB.
    English went to the GCSB for advice on their role in the Dotcom case and its implications. Typed document says:

    I [Deputy PM] have sought advice on the implications of this request from the director of GCSB.

    GCSB advised him as in the typed document:

    [Disclosing] The information request would likely prejudice the security of New Zealand.

    Bill English then objected to any information being disclosed as in the typed document:

    I therefore object to the disclosure of any information.
    I direct that neither you nor any other person subject to this direction shall provide any information or answer any question in this proceeding.

    Signed by Bill English 16 August 2012.

    END OF VIDEO SUMMARY

    I recall that Key had left for his son’s baseball game on 9th August 2012.

    So, why did English go to the GCSB in August to ask about their role? Was it because it had come to light in the Dotcom court case?

    And is it coincidental that English was requesting this information at around the same time Key had suddenly decided to leave the country for an inadequate reason?

    Cover up?

    • BLiP 7.1

      .

      Fer sure.

      Another possibility is that Dotcom was under US-requested GCSB surveillance before he became a New Zealand permanent resident and so, mistakenly, its was presumed that the original authorisation was still in play.

    • gobsmacked 7.2

      Karol, I think you’re doing the old “take a slam-dunk and miss it”, which is too common on this blog.

      Key is in deep doo-doo on the GCSB/Kim Dotcom/Banks debacle. That has nothing to do with watching his son play baseball. He didn’t suddenly decide to go, it was well signalled in advance, publicly.

      Over-cooking the conspiracy just allows Key’s minions and trolls to rebut the exaggeration, when they can’t rebut the facts. Stick to them.

      • karol 7.2.1

        gobsmacked, where am I not sticking to the facts?

        In that above comment I was just trying to make sense of Campbell Live’s item on this last night, and asking some questions about where there are gaps. He presented us with a certain amount of facts, but what he was trying to tell us is not totally clear. I don’t know the answers but there are things that don’t seem to qite make sens.

        I tend to go more for c*ck-up theory than conspiracy. And I would say this CL item points to c*ck-ups as much as conspiracy – or at least, a mixture of that, and Key’s sloppiness as a manager of government – and then attempts to paper over the cracks.

    • Treetop 7.3

      Perjury is not new within the police just ask Patrick O ‘Brien.

      What have the last two police commissioners done to remedy an ex undercover cops confession?

  8. freedom 8

    i may be a bit slow but why did the GCSB not just pick up the phone and ask NZ Immigration on the status of Dotcom? Wouldn’t NZ Police have had to go to them anyway for the information?

    • alwyn 8.1

      They could also have done what Russel Norman has suggested and looked him up via Google.
      Russel appears to think that anything Google tells you is correct.
      Out of curiosity I looked up Russel and discovered he is a member of the Australian Communist party. Google tells me so it must be correct.
      Why has he not told the New Zealand public this? Do we not deserve to know? What else is he hiding?
      Actually I am beginning to think that Russel, and the Greens generally, appear to be relying on Google for their policies. You can get stupid statements on almost anything from there.

      • Dr Terry 8.1.1

        alwyn – what on earth has an attack on Norman got to do with the issue at hand? Does Russell threaten you in some way? Are you for or against Google information?

        • alwyn 8.1.1.1

          It wasn’t meant to be an attack on Norman when I started it.
          I should never have added the bit about Green policies.
          It was however intended to point out that I thought that his idea that you can rely on the internet for any ACCURATE information was silly. He was proposing that Googling Dotcom would tell you reliably that he had resident status. I don’t believe that to be the case at all. I just put in the material that claims that Norman is a Communist party member to show what sort of thing you can expect to get back when using the internet, and that you can’t rely on it to be accurate.

          • Tiger Mountain 8.1.1.1.1

            Get it right “alwyn” rather than repeating Whale fat slander and taking an unnecessary swipe at Russell Norman who was just pointing out the bleedingly obvious.

            Norman has an interesting past and was involved with the then trotskyite Socialist Workers Party that became the DSP and issued newspaper ‘Green Left weekly’, the first organisational unity in oz between green and marxist forces, and a far different beast from the “Australian Communist party” you talk of which was actually the CPA “Communist Party of Australia” in two versions, the SPA-Socialist Party of Australia taking over inbetween.

            Anyway nevermind your sidetrack ShonKey remains deep in it with more to play out yet.

            • Robert M 8.1.1.1.1.1

              The average Nat MP probably has very different tastes in DVDs and CDs from Russel Norman or the tracks Dot.Com was offering from Megaupload, ie Key or English probably found Dot Com distasteful and of minimal interest until long after the FBI inspired raid.
              Most of the boffins at Wahopai or Tangimoana or whereever the communications spies hang out today probably found little of interest about dot com in the Manawatu Standard or Blenheim rag in the extraordinary event they ever read the news or entertainment section.
              I imagine to the average NZ detective it remains inconcievable that Dot Com could have been given kiwi residency. Hardly an open minded attitude but reality.

            • alwyn 8.1.1.1.1.2

              Damn.
              I was quoting what you could find on the Internet to try and illustrate that I thought Russel was being stupid in saying the the GCSB could have found out reliable information on KDs residency status by a Google query.
              It appears that what I found, and what I thought was solely fairy stories, has some truth in it.

    • insider 8.2

      Because the police told them it was all ok and above board. And they should know.

      Trust tends to be a reasonable and even admirable quality in human relations, including in govt. It’s going to be a strange and paranoid and arse covering world if we have to go and double check everything our colleagues tell us.

      • mike 8.2.1

        Although when you’re the GCSB coordinating a military style raid with the FBI on NZ soil, double-checking your facts is probably the way to go I’d say.

        In answer to freedom’s question, (and this is purely speculation), perhaps because the GCSB knew they would get an answer that they didn’t want. Whereas they could rely on OFCANZ to er, make a ‘mistake’.

        • gobsmacked 8.2.1.1

          Mike +1

          I don’t expect the bureaucracy to double-check every form letter they send me, with my name spelled wrong.

          I do expect them to double and triple check before an armed assault on my home.

          So, nothing whatsoever to do with checking “everything our colleagues tell us”. Just an incredibly important thing.

        • insider 8.2.1.2

          It was the police doing all the management. GCSB apparantly provided info. AFAIK they are eavesdroppers not field operators.

          It’s the Police that are the ones that should face hard questions and their minister.

          • McFlock 8.2.1.2.1

            They all should face hard question, preferably in public.
                     
            Do all the requests for GCSB surveillance come from the police? I bet not. So GCSB should have their own protocols for ensuring they aren’t breaking the law and tapping citizens. They should have used those protocols each and every time, no exceptions, as part of the standard operating checklist. 
                       
            It’s like firearm safety – the police told the GCSB that the weapon was safe, but the GCSB fucked up because they should have checked clear and kept it pointed in a safe direction. Now the weapon’s accidentally fired and you reckon it’s the cops’ fault, not the fault of the people actually holding the weapon.
               
            In any democracy, the people who are the first line of defense against abuses of power are the people actually in a position to abuse their power. And our watchdogs have been showing how interested they are in protecting our freedom. Fuck all.

  9. Leopold 9

    Nothing to read, nothing to see, move along folks…look! I’ve found another tranche of beneficiaries to bash…

  10. ianmac 10

    What If……..
    What If about 2+ years ago Mr John Key was given a heads up by shadowy people in USA who may have had connections with the Entertainment Industry, that all Hell would be visited on the Dotcom Empire?

    If so, Key had a choice between being on the ball, or set in place an extensive avoidance of all matters relating so that he could claim Ignorance. The latter is a High Risk strategy because should any info leak, or if the population or MSM began to doubt that a Prime Minister was totally unaware of anything relating to Kim Dotcom then the PM’s Credibility would be at least damaged.

    Warner Brothers? The Electorate Office for John Key? Bill English? The Courts?
    What if……

    • Tiger Mountain 10.1

      Most people really don’t get how much ShonKey represents the US corporates in New Zealand, rather than this country’s (ie the NZ peoples) interests over there. The Hobbit Enabling Act was a reasonable tip off though. Brown nosing the yanks permeates everything the Nats do. From a skewed Foreign Account Deficit due to repatriation of profits offshore through defence and foreign policy.

  11. tc 11

    JK : Hey bill, remember that favour you owe me for douple dippin.
    BE: (nervous tone) yes John.
    JK: someone will bring you something for you to sign and we’re square.
    BE: It’s not my resignation is it John ?
    JK: (laughter) come on bill, you know I value your contribution and I’ve no intention of sacking you, as it stands, all factors being weighed up, today as I call on this encrypted blackberry from ma mansion.
    BE: So that’s an unconditional no, John ?
    JK: Just sign it bill, everything will work out fine (under breath)…for me that is.

  12. Robert M 12

    Yes but how much are the GCSB spies, Key’s spies or NZ intelligence officers. Really they are part of an international western chain of communications intercept bases- and the key positions in reality if not officially at Wahopai are probably often US or Australian intelligence officers. Read Nicky Hagars- book on Echelon.
    In reality New Zealand lacks the defence and foreign affairs bureaucracy to really regulate defence forces that have always had an element of top class equipment and officers and the same with intelligence. Even our more capable lawyers and journalists have abilities and skill beyond the ability of this societies instituions and authorities to really supervise and control as far as desirable.

  13. Nunya 13

    While I realise this is an easy attack point for the politically incompetent whatshisname to attack Key on, I’m sickened that whatshisname is ‘enjoying the support’ of most humanist MP’s to do so.

    The issue is much bigger than trips overseas (altho I suspect that Key’s leadership method perfected during his time as a mid-level bank exec, depends upon regular absences, to enable plausible deniability loopholes to be retro-fitted into any issue that endangers jonkey-fawning©) because anyone with an enquiring mind who spends time around the despised fuel for aotearoa’s lawnorder mower (the ‘crims’), must know that law enforcement’s disregard of legalities is the norm rather than an exception.

    A real leader would set aside partisan politicking and expose the contempt for law aotearoan law enforcement agencies display every day.
    A politician who revealed he/she had the courage to fight this would immediately earn the support of a swathe of NZ voters. Far more than could ever be generated by a dozen exposes of the ‘other mobs’ true character’.

    I won’t hold my breath on this even tho it is the real instigator of the Dotcom circus. Most kiwis are aware of the bi-partisan agreement between labour and national to never question the integrity of NZ police, & have convinced themselves the sole malignancy created as being that the secretary of the policeman’s federation is the last unionist allowed tv time, rather than the awful reality, that this political & moral cowardice is the root cause of daily injustices committed against a multitude of kiwis.

    • Treetop 13.1

      I went to Key in his first term with a serious complaint against the police (that police had misinformed three ministers of police and a few MPs, recent and historical files could not be located) and Key referred me to Powers then minister of justice as I wanted a barrister appointed to look at many cycles of police complaints. Power told me to go to the IPCA. This is not an option as I consider the IPCA to not be independent. It is unfortunate because I have to have an investigation to satisfy an ACC psychiatrist for a sensitive claim.

      I have just looked at As I see it with Commissioner Peter Marshall. A question of responsibility September 20, 2012.

      “On 1 October the new Search and Surveillance Act comes into force. This heralds major change for police and all constabulary staff have been required to undergo training in the new law. Commissioners are no exception!”
      http://www.police.govt.nz/blog/2012/09/20/question-responsibility/32757

      I think Marshall is trying to reassure the public that there will not be another Urewera/Dotcom fiasco and very much on his mind probably would have been the ofcanz blunder which Marshall would have known was about to become public.

  14. captain hook 14

    he might reed it if skimdotcom slips a few deAD PRESIDENTS IN THE COVER.
    OOOPS.

    • blue leopard 14.1

      @Captain Hook

      …you can’t have considered how much financial advantage (or otherwise) Junkie might enjoy by not reading it prior to you suggesting the possibility of such a dastardly activity ….in lil ol innocent and pure NZ …i mean…as if…..

  15. Are we calling him “Johnny Rotten” yet?

  16. Chris 16

    Watching question time today I came to the conclusion that it is a pointless exercise asking the little trader ANYTHING as he immediately resorts to mindless crap of kindergarten level(sorry kiddies, I have some wonderful in depth conversations with my nearly five year old grandson) that lockjaw invariably lets him off with. Although once he did admonish the trader, with a wry little smile (tsk tsk) for not answering a question but going off in a rant, and reminded him that he was there to actually answer said question properly etc etc. Like that worked.There is something slightly imbecilic about key and I have always thought so.”If I keep saying the same thing that will make it true, in my view” Also he seems to have read the police report re his man date at the tea party, good ole “I have no idea what my name is” banksy of the last voyage of the cabbage boat.\, as he referred to it when answering a question by Grant R.While I still contend he may possibly be illiterate, he is most certainly intellectually and emotionally illiterate. Apropos of nothing I wonder quite often if the seats in the front row have been reinforced and if so who bore the cost?

    • gobsmacked 16.1

      That’s all true enough Chris, but given the imbecilic level at which he operates, it really isn’t that hard to skewer him with smart, sharp questions.

      There are many options, apart from banging head on brick wall. When (for example) do we hear Labour doing the old one-two-three … soft, soft, hard? When do they ever come out of left field? When do they ever ask a question where you immediately wonder “Where are they going with this?”. When do they ever display some wit, or give a soundbite that resonates, or tempt Key into a mistake? Why did “Planet Key” catch on? Because Turei threw him the bait and Key took it. When do Labour ever lure him in like that? Almost never.

      They not only do the same thing every time, they don’t even TRY to do it differently. If we can predict their next question, so can Key. And now he’s off the hook for another month – Parliament goes into recess tomorrow.

      • ianmac 16.1.1

        There is always the hope that comments from Key will lead to follow up questions where he is cornered by his contradictions. Maybe on another day. Today Key was asked to explain where he read in the Police Report that Banks had not broken the Law. He had to admit that it was not in the Report but was his own comment. Maybe “Misleading the House”?

      • blue leopard 16.1.2

        @ Gobsmacked

        I agree. I believe what you write here is worthy of a letter to Labour.

        Do you think that perhaps there is a belief that “they are better than that” where “that” = belabouring a point in order to drive it home?

        I see improvement this year from last year; yet still there is something weak about their attacks. I mean, doesn’t someone get paid rather a lot of money to convey just such advice you relay here to them?

        They could read The Standard and get better advice for free by the looks of things….

        • gobsmacked 16.1.2.1

          Cheers, Leopard.

          And here’s the TV news round-up … TV One and Three featuring Winston Peters, Russel Norman and Grant Robertson. The usual absentee – even though he asked a series of questions to the PM today. No good lines = no coverage.

        • captain hook 16.1.2.2

          junkie.
          thats not nice BL.

        • Colonial Viper 16.1.2.3

          I mean, doesn’t someone get paid rather a lot of money to convey just such advice you relay here to them?

          Well, there was Pagani. And most of the team who wrote and approved the sponging sickness benny bludger meme still work in that office.

  17. Tim 17

    Why don’t Minsta or the Krean resign or stand down these days – ditto senior public ‘servants’.
    IF EVER there was a case for at least some suspensions – this is it!
    I’m wondering why the combined opposition are not petitioning the Gov Gen to have Blinglish’s warrant suspended or cancelled. And of course if that fails – a letter to Liz!
    Oz Proim Minsta’s have been brought down for less than this!

  18. Jokerman 18

    on Closeup -to paraphrase “if a bigger dog comes into the room, the NAct govt pisses themslves”. !

  19. Herodotus 19

    “Any other GSCB activity in the Megaupload case cannot be made public – because of a ministerial certificate signed by acting prime minister Bill English last month.” Regarding ministerial certificates; how often does this occur and more importantly in respect to the GSCB/ SIS etc how often is such a ministerial certificate signed. As to me if such an event from the GSCB is rare 1-5 times a year and that Bill is not often acting PM (And I imagine has never signed one before (If he has what did he do previously in keeping Key informed)) then such a rare event there would be protocols or precedents as to keeping the real PM informed ?
    Look to the past and compare to this case. Even with secrecy of this ministry I am sure some in Labour are aware of how things operate or if not then a quick call to someone who would, would be in order ?

  20. Huginn 20

    Let’s take OFCANZ and the GSCB at their word for the moment and accept that the GSCB asked the wrong question and that OFCANZ didn’t bother to help them out.

    The GSBC must have known that it had acted illegally in spying on Kim Dotcom very soon after the raid when Kim Dotcom’s residency status became widely discussed common knowledge. At that stage the director should have informed the Prime Minister. After all, shit happens.

    But when the Prime Minster tells us that he didn’t know about this until a few days ago, he’s also saying that the director of the GSCB withheld knowledge of its serious illegal activity from our elected representative, the PM.

    Which is worse than finding out that the PM lies to us.

    • gobsmacked 20.1

      Very good point, Huginn.

      The timeline gets mixed up in some of the reporting, so the full impact of that hasn’t really come through. For about six months, the PM was not told (assuming he’s being honest now).

      Because the GSCB thought he didn’t need to know? Or didn’t want to know?

      • mike 20.1.1

        Key’s had 15 briefings from the GCSB this year. 15.

      • karol 20.1.2

        Agreed, on the confusing timeline in the MSM. Something I’ve been trying to make sense of. The clip of Dotcom’s lawyer Davison (as on Campbell Live) clearly says 14 December 2011 for the meeting, which we now know included GCSB, and preceded the beginning of surveillance on DC by a couple of days.

        Yet other reports seem to say that the surveillance started in late 2010-beginning of 2011. Even Paul Buchanan used that late 2010 date in his interview on RNZ a couple of days ago:

        http://36th-parallel.com/2012/09/rnz-interview-paul-buchanan-ived-on-radio-new-zealand-on-an-investigation-into-the-gcsb/

        And this report just totally fudges it.

        http://news.msn.co.nz/nationalnews/8538593/opposition-ready-for-another-attack

        The GCSB was told by the police they were foreign nationals, although Dotcom threw a huge party in Auckland in November 2010 to celebrate gaining residency.

        The spying started on December 16 and ended on January 20, just before Dotcom, van der Kolk and two other associates were arrested for alleged internet piracy.

        But as far as I am aware, DC et al were arrested in January 2012.

        Also, the following became clear in Question Time today:

        Bill English was asked by GCSB about whether to disclose information, after their involvement was sprung by Davison in the court proceedings. On 16 August 2012, Blingish’s response was to sign the document saying they shouldn’t disclose information on the surveillance.

        Key wasn’t told about the GCSB involvement til 17 September.

      • karol 20.1.3

        Because English thought the PM knew, and because, until they alerted the PM last week, GCSB thought they had acted legally:

        As reported here:

        http://news.msn.co.nz/nationalnews/8538593/opposition-ready-for-another-attack

      • Huginn 20.1.4

        . . . the director of the GSBC unilaterally making decisions about what our elected representative needs or wants to know about a fundamental transgression of the law made while adventuring with a foreign power and an agency of the NZ Police which has shown itself to have a slippery grasp of the most basic principles of good governance?

        This is institutional corruption. It calls for a Commission of Inquiry.

    • Colonial Viper 20.2

      The GSBC didn’t know? Ha chances are that they did, and very early on. Because the GCSB would have well established systems independent of the police set up to determine an individual’s residency status: it’s a key parameter of their mandate. The GCSB obviously won’t want to be running off to the police every time they are thinking of surveilling a suspected foreign spy living in NZ. They have their own systems.

      Then the GCSB went ahead and got a cover ass letter from some poor misinformed sap in NZ Police. Some high level political shennanigans in that one. Smart politics from the GCSB, dumb on the police.

      • mike 20.2.1

        Exactly. That the GCSB would be so clueless is just not credible.

        An awful lot of things seem to have gone wrong here. The police made a booboo, (even though Dotcom had been an NZ resident for more than 12 months), the GCSB didn’t double-check Dotcom’s residency status, the GCSB didn’t mention Dotcom to Key in the 15 briefings they’ve given him this year, English didn’t mention Dotcom to Key because he thought the GCSB already did, the GCSB took until September to realize that Dotcom was a resident and that they had thus broken the law.

        Not one of these are credible. This stinks bad and it’s written all over Key’s face.

  21. Logie97 21

    Will Key read it?
    A more appropriate question might be, Can he read it?

    At about 5:30 this evening he came into the House to make a correction to an answer he gave during Question Time. The written statement was all of four sentences, and he minced them all. Perhaps there is someone out there who could do a “Running Record” on the chap to measure his reading behaviours and assess his real reading age.
    As for comprehension of this subject matter, he quoted a “Breakfast Television” interviewee for legal clarification – what a shallow man – doesn’t he have legal advisers around him.

    Key possibly has a head for figures, but as a literary powerhouse – he ain’t one… and learns about authors over a beer at a barby …

  22. Georgecom 22

    Funny how simply ‘signing something without bothering to look to closely at it’ seems to have afflicted both English and Banks.

    I wonder if English ‘can’t remember’ and ‘can’t recall’?

    Of course, I fully expect that English has ‘nothing to fear’ and ‘nothing to hide’.

    Until such time anyway as something he might have to fear and might have to hide emerges.

    But then, he can probably rely on the Prime Minister not being interested in reading any report and continuing to ‘take him at his word’.

    That said, maybe English did actually act in full innocence and maybe some naivety. It will then fall on key to determine whether that is acceptable from a Minister.

  23. Karl Sinclari 23

    Who really gives a rats…. look at whats going on in the banking sector:

    ANZ National soon to become ANZ….and who owns that, lets have a look (then say do some research on the main share holders …. http://deanhenderson.wordpress.com/2011/08/10/the-worlds-dirtiest-bank-hsbc/) and it just gets better and better…. I love you banks (not you John, your just a side show)

    reference:

    http://www.spankyourbank.com.au/anz-top-twenty-shareholders

    Top 20 ANZ Shareholders

    Name of Shareholder

    Number of Shares

    %
    1

    HSBC CUSTODY NOMINEES (AUSTRALIA) LIMITED

    446,984,331

    17.46

    2

    J P MORGAN NOMINEES AUSTRALIA LIMITED

    371,451,021

    14.51

    3

    NATIONAL NOMINEES LIMITED

    343,611,753

    13.42

    4

    CITICORP NOMINEES PTY LIMITED

    98,249,488

    3.84

    5

    COGENT NOMINEES PTY LIMITED

    42,380,166

    1.66

    6

    JP MORGAN NOMINEES AUSTRALIA LIMITED CASH INCOME A/C

    29,710,001

    1.16

    7

    RBC DEXIA INVESTOR SERVIC ES AUSTRALIA NOMINEES PTY LIMITED

    29,388,568

    1.15

    8

    AMP LIFE LIMITED

    25,265,475

    0.99

    9

    CITICORP NOMINEES PTY LIMITED

    16,013,808

    0.62

    10

    UBS WEALTH MANAGEMENT AUSTRALIA NOMINEES PTY LTD

    13,149,540

    0.51

    11

    QUEENSLAND INVESTMENT CORPORATION

    12,642,137

    0.49

    12

    ANZEST PTY LTD

    9,451,047

    0.37

    13

    COGENT NOMINEES PTY LIMITED

    8,626,014

    0.34

    14

    AUSTRALIAN FOUNDATION INVESTMENT COMPANY LIMITED

    6,865,377

    0.27

    15

    PERPETUAL TRUSTEE COMPANY LIMITED

    6,790,350

    0.26

    16

    AUSTRALIAN REWARD INVESTMENT ALLIANCE

    6,639,870

    0.26

    17

    UBS NOMINEES PTY LTD

    6,638,326

    0.26

    18

    RBC DEXIA INVESTOR SERVICES AUSTRALIA NOMINEES PTY LIMITED

    5,904,807

    0.23

    19

    ANZEST PTY LTD

    5,842,797

    0.23

    20

    CITICORP NOMINEES PTY LIMITED

    5,795,609

    0.23

    Total

    1,491,400,485

    58.26

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    The actions of two police officers who walked into a marae's wharenui in the early hours of the morning to search and photograph a group of children in their pyjamas are deeply concerning, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says....
    Labour | 18-07
  • Taxpayer cash to plug Chorus copper hole
    The Chief Executive and Board of Chorus must be held accountable for striking a deal that uses taxpayer money that was intended to build a new fibre network to instead plug the company’s revenue gaps, says Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Labour won’t abandon regional New Zealand
    Labour will ensure no regions in New Zealand are ‘red-zoned’ by tailoring Regional Growth Plans for each province as part of our Economic Upgrade, Labour’s Finance spokesperson and Deputy Leader David Parker says. “The Royal Society of New Zealand’s Our...
    Labour | 17-07
  • Minister must come clean on amalgamation
    The Minister of Local Government is telling porkies to its supporters on local government amalgamation, says Labour’s Local Government spokesperson Su’a William Sio.   National’s arrogance on amalgamation was all too clear when the Minister shut down Napier’s deputy mayor...
    Labour | 17-07
  • IPCA report proves need for full review of spy agencies
    A report into the Police decision not to prosecute the Government Communications Security Bureau over its unlawful spying of 88 New Zealanders proves the need for a full review into our security agencies, Labour’s Associate Security and Intelligence spokesperson Grant...
    Labour | 16-07
  • New Zealanders will never get justice over spying saga
    New Zealanders who were illegally spied on by the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) will probably never get their justice, said the Green Party today.The Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) today released its findings on whether the Police were negligent...
    Greens | 16-07
  • National issues mineral mining permits in Maui’s sanctuary
    The Government has issued mineral mining permits in one third of the endangered Maui's dolphin sanctuary, the Green Party has revealed today.This follows revelations that permits have also been issued for oil exploration in the sanctuary.There have been 254 Maui's...
    Greens | 16-07
  • No cosmetics tested on animals under Labour
    A Labour Government will help protect animals from harm by prohibiting the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals.  Labour’s Animal Welfare spokesperson Trevor Mallard today launched the initiative at an event organised by Labour’s Ōhariu candidate Ginny...
    Labour | 16-07
  • Bridges cannot argue with the CPI –electricity prices are up
    Today’s CPI gives the lie to Simon Bridge’s claim that power prices only rose by 2.3 % in the last year. Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer says. “Its official; the CPI index says power prices increased by 4.2% in the...
    Labour | 16-07
  • Parata ploughs ahead with anti-democracy plan
      Hekia Parata is ignoring overwhelming opposition by ploughing ahead with plans to gut the political independence of the teaching profession and stifle democracy on tertiary institution councils, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It is no surprise a massive...
    Labour | 16-07
  • Greens announce $1 billion additional investment in R&D, including busi...
    The Green Party has announced today that its economic priority for the election is building a smarter greener economy that benefits every New Zealander.In the Party's headline economic announcement, the Greens have launched their plan to build a smarter, more...
    Greens | 15-07
  • Families under more pressure as power, food prices rise
    Higher power prices, housing costs and food prices are behind today's inflation rise, putting already stressed families under renewed pressure, the Green Party said today."Families are facing rising costs from food, power, and mortgages, or rents; and most are getting...
    Greens | 15-07
  • Goverment drops recreational river reporting
    The Government pulled the plug on cleaning up our dirty rivers so they are safe for swimming, and now it has given up on annual reports about the problem, the Green Party said today. Two weeks ago the Government released...
    Greens | 15-07
  • Ae Marika! 15 July 2014
    It ain’t over by a long shot, but I can’t help feel good about Northlanders response to the week from hell. This last week has seen the worst weather over a larger region of the north, for a longer period...
    Mana | 15-07
  • Latest power price data shows National has failed families
    Latest data showing New Zealanders' power bills have risen 2.3 percent in the last year show National has failed families and households, the Green Party said today.Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment data issued today shows average residential electricity prices...
    Greens | 15-07
  • MANA announces its general seat candidates in Tamaki
    MANA is pleased to announce its general seat candidates in Tamaki for the 2014 election. We have 10 seasoned community campaigners keen to bring MANA’s full set of big, bold policies to the election campaign,” says MANA Leader and MP...
    Mana | 14-07
  • Media Advisory- MANA Youth Ambassador
    MANA Leader and MP for Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira, and recently-appointed MANA Youth Ambassador Wairangi Koopu, will be available to speak to the media on the first day of the Internet MANA Road Trip. The Road Trip starts at Cape...
    Mana | 14-07
  • National muddying waters and needs to come clean
    The Government's inaccurate response to the Green Party's clean rivers policy shows it is scared of the Party's plans that will actually make rivers clean enough to swim in, the Green Party said today. Minister of Economic Development, Steven Joyce,...
    Greens | 14-07
  • NZ Govt needs to call for Israel to halt air strikes
    The New Zealand Government must push for Israel to stop its campaign of terror in Gaza, the Green Party said today.Thousands of civilians in Gaza have fled their homes as Israel has continued an offensive to destroy Hamas rocket sites...
    Greens | 13-07
  • MANA announces their MANA Youth Ambassador – Harawira
    Ex New Zealand Warrior hard man and Maori television media personality Wairangi Koopu has joined the MANA strategy team as the new MANA Youth Ambassador in another game changer move for the MANA party. “When we say we want more...
    Mana | 13-07
  • Green Party launches key election priority, rivers clean enough for swimmin...
    The Green Party has announced today that its number one environmental priority for this election is making our rivers clean enough to swim in again and keeping our beaches safe from oil spills. The Green Party will make a series...
    Greens | 12-07
  • Greens say John Key must clarify where he stands on marriage equality
    John Key has left many with the impression he will repeal marriage equality if elected into Parliament again, said the Green Party today. Reports have emerged that at a meeting with Pacific church leaders in Mangere, on Tuesday, many attendees...
    Greens | 11-07
  • McCully mustn’t shirk scrutiny during inquiry
    The inquiry into Foreign Affairs' handling of allegations of attempted rape by a Malaysian diplomat must investigate all the actions taken by Murray McCully during this fiasco, Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said today.A Ministerial inquiry has been launched into...
    Greens | 11-07
  • A brief word on Cunliffe saying sorry for a 3 day holiday
    I’m not sure who the bloody hell is advising Cunliffe to apologise about a 3 day holiday, but it’s stupid. If you want to know what angry white reactionary NZ thinks about anything, go to a stuff.co.nz poll. Here’s their...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Seven Sharp – The day public broadcasting died
    I rarely watch Seven Sharp because it’s bullshit and sums up all that is wrong with current affairs in NZ, but even I can’t believe that Seven Sharp have stooped to being an apologist for Cameron Slater on this evenings show. This...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • ….except Israel
    ….except Israel...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • NZIFF Review: The Dark Horse – 6 stars
    This year’s opening New Zealand International Film Festival offering was a couple of nights ago, and I still feel this incredible NZ movie reverberating inside me. The Dark Horse is heartbreaking, heartwarming and terribly raw. Director James Napier Robertson has...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • TDB New Zealand International Film Festival 2014 picks
    NZIFF is here, our picks this season are… The Dark Horse Boyhood Leviathan Is the man who is tall happy?  Hot Air Maps to the Stars Snowpiercer Toons for Tots InRealLife Print The Legend E-Team The Internet’s Own Boy: The...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • A tale of two men: Cunliffe’s apology for rape culture vs Key’s dismiss...
    The manner in which Cunliffe has sought to address rape culture vs Key’s dismissal of it yesterday is a remarkable contrast as stark as the bias over Cunliffe’s holiday vs Key’s holiday. Key takes weeks off to pose for selfies...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination  Posted on July 20, 2014 by admin in James Papali’i’Vice Chairperson of MANA Pasifika James Papali’i  feels for Ms Tupou and her children after they were...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto  Posted on July 20, 2014 by admin in John Minto, Press ReleasesAddress notes from Mana Economic Justice Spokesperson and co-vice President John...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • New President for MANA Movement
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: New President for MANA Movement  Posted on July 20, 2014 by admin in Lisa McNab, NewsLisa McNab, MANA President, and Annette Sykes, outgoing MANA President and candidate for Waiariki Lisa McNab was officially...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Flood relief for National voters first
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Flood relief for National voters first Posted on July 18, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press Releases“The flooding in Tai Tokerau has hammered the north and impacted hundreds of families right...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Te Reo Māori a doorway to opportunity
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Te Reo Māori a doorway to opportunity A Labour Government will ensure more of our children have the opportunity to learn te reo Māori by encouraging the learning and use of it...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – National Party thugs destroying Internet MANA b...
    Last Saturday morning the volunteer brigade of Internet Mana  went out in the freezing cold to deploy Internet Mana billboards. They braved the cold weather of that icy cold morning only to have National party thugs destroy the billboards and...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Amnesty International: War crimes against innocent civilians – Why is his...
    27 December 2008, 11:30. Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) commence military airstrikes on a list of 603 targets believed to house suspected Hamas operatives in the Gaza Strip. In just three weeks, the devastating Operation ‘Cast Lead’ claimed approximately nine Israeli...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Rape Culture is not blah blah blah
    To some of our politicians and commentators, ‘rape culture’ has already become blah blah blah. A meaningless and overstated slogan to roll their eyes at and derisively joke about and deny. It’s something the ‘left’ takes seriously, and something the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Hot Air: Alister Barry presents the cold, hard facts about New Zealand’s ...
    IF YOU SEE only one film in the 2014 NZ International Film Festival see Alister Barry’s feature-length documentary, Hot Air. This chilling exposé of the strategy and tactics adopted by New Zealand’s largest industries to ensure that no effective action to combat...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • CTU resolution on Palestine
    Further to Unite’s position on Palestine, this is the Council of Trade Union position on Palestine… Preamble: Over 170 Palestinian political parties, unions and other organizations including the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions issued a call in July 2005...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Stop Israeli State Terror – Rally and March this Saturday 26th July, Aote...
    The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is getting much worse and the world is marching in unprecedented numbers. New Zealanders spoke out strongly last Saturday with a march of 5,000 people in Auckland (see picture below) – the biggest march ever...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Cafe chef awarded $50,000 for unfair dismissal
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Cafe chef awarded $50,000 for unfair dismissal A former chef at an Auckland cafe has been awarded more than $50,000 in unpaid wages and compensation for unjustified dismissal. The Employment Relations Authority...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • NZ needs to assist UN with aid for Gaza
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: NZ needs to assist UN with aid for Gaza Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | Press Release The New Zealand Government should support the United Nation’s efforts to raise money to assist humanitarian...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Road fix needed now, not later
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Road fix needed now, not later Northland’s roading system is in chaos and needs fixing fast, Labour List MP Kelvin Davis says.  “According to NZTA’s 10 year funding data every area of...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • KiwiSaver innovations needed to build wealth
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: KiwiSaver innovations needed to build wealth The innovative changes to KiwiSaver suggested by the Financial Services Council today will be seriously considered by Labour as part of plans to make KiwiSaver universal,...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • Internet MANA Auckland road show at Kelston – what the media are missing
    The Town Hall in Kelston yesterday was packed well before the start time of 2pm. What many welded to Wellington in the Press Gallery don’t understand about Internet MANA is that its energy and flaxroot mobilisation is far larger than...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • Greens announce 20 hours free ECE for two year olds
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Greens announce 20 hours free ECE for two year olds Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | Press Release This is an investment in families and our kids’ education and in reducing poverty. The...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today,
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • Apocalypse Now
    For a brief moment, the nations of the world seemed united in a peaceful pursuit. The  World Cup finale in Brazil captured the imagination of a global TV audience. Within days, catastrophe exploded into the headlines, sending shards of outrage,...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • Palestinians suffer from media’s use of derogatory labels
    Why, in our news media, is an Israeli with a gun a “soldier”, but a Palestinian with a gun a “militant”, or even a “terrorist”? The terminology is clearly prejudicial to the Palestinian cause, because New Zealanders are more likely...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • Another example of media bias – Key’s holiday vs Cunliffe’s holiday a...
    Another, sad, tired example of media bias in terms of holidays this time. I pointed out in the weekend the extreme bias being exhibited by the media… The current level of negative bias being exhibited by the conservative corporate media...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • MANA answers the call to have Apartheid Israeli Embassy kicked out of NZ
    Last week I asked “which NZ political Party will have the courage to call for the Apartheid Israel embassy to close?“, MANA have answered that challenge and have stepped forward as being the political party with that courage… The Mana...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald to speak at September 15t...
      So Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald will speak at Kim Dotcom’s Auckland Townhall event . Dear oh dear, how will the mainstream media journalists handle this news? All week they’ve been screaming how unfair it is that they will have...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • New Zealanders will never get justice over spying saga
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: New Zealanders will never get justice over spying saga Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | Press Release “How can someone go to Court on the issue when a person doesn’t even know if...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • National issues mineral mining permits in Maui’s sanctuary
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National issues mineral mining permits in Maui’s sanctuary Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | Press Release The Government has issued mineral mining permits in one third of the endangered Maui’s dolphin sanctuary, the...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • Casino workers fight outsourcing – picket 1-3pm Friday
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Casino workers fight outsourcing – picket 1-3pm Friday 17Jul On Friday the 18th of July, Unite will be picketing SkyCity Casino urging them not to outsource the Cleaning Services department. This proposal...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • #PIZZAHURT! Rally for fair redundancy pay for Pizza Hut workers 3.30pm Thur...
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: #PIZZAHURT! Rally for fair redundancy pay for Pizza Hut workers 3.30pm Thursday RALLY FOR JUSTICE FOR THE PIZZA HUT CALL CENTRE WORKERS We deserve fair redundancy pay. 330pm, 666 Great South Road,...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • A Push to Give Steadier Shifts to Part-Timers
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: A Push to Give Steadier Shifts to Part-Timers Reprinted from the New York Times By STEVEN GREENHOUSEJULY 15, 2014 Sharlene Santos says she and other workers at a Zara store got two...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • Labour won’t abandon regional New Zealand
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Labour won’t abandon regional New Zealand Labour will ensure no regions in New Zealand are ‘red-zoned’ by tailoring Regional Growth Plans for each province as part of our Economic Upgrade, Labour’s Finance...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • Minister must come clean on amalgamation
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Minister must come clean on amalgamation The Minister of Local Government is telling porkies to its supporters on local government amalgamation, says Labour’s Local Government spokesperson Su’a William Sio. National’s arrogance on...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • IPCA report proves need for full review of spy agencies
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: IPCA report proves need for full review of spy agencies A report into the Police decision not to prosecute the Government Communications Security Bureau over its unlawful spying of 88 New Zealanders...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • The 5 reasons why NZ First won’t get over 5% and how Colin Craig is now a...
    One of the rules of NZ punditry is to NEVER count Winston out. Never. The silver fox has snatched victory from the jaws of defeat so many times he seems immortal with a dislike for sunlight. I love Winston, the way...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what about ‘it is people, it is people, it i...
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    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • End the occupation to end the rockets
    The events of the last few days have been overwhelming to say the least. The atrocities towards the Palestinians has escalated with the ground invasion and a plane was shot down over Ukraine; basically senseless and unnecessary killings are occurring...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • 5,000 strong march calls for campaign to close Israeli embassy
    The NZ Herald claims this was ‘hundreds’ not thousands of protesters  It was marvellous to be part of the huge Queen Street Auckland march on Saturday in support of Palestinians in their struggle for justice and human rights. The march...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • Another media gaffe – this time it’s TV3′s Brook Sabin
    . . Every so often (quite regularly, in fact), a media personality will say something outrageously offensive, or just plain gormless, that results in an uncontrollable  *facepalm* reaction. On 19 July, on TV3′s “The Nation“, it was Brook Sabin’s turn....
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • An interesting poll from TVNZ. Note some of the VERY left-wing questions!?
    .   . July 19 – Yesterday, I received this poll, sent by TVNZ to my email. What I found very interesting were some of the question relating to issues that have not been discussed – literally – for decades....
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • If we want to lift participation rates – what about the 5000 prisoners Na...
    Our electoral system at times seems hell bent on making it more difficult for the exact communities it has highlighted as most disconnected from ever voting. While we are scrambling to explain to a consumer culture generation why democracy isn’t one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • Israel/Gaza: Prevent further war crimes after Israeli ground assault
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Israel/Gaza: Prevent further war crimes after Israeli ground assault Israel’s ground assault on the Gaza Strip, which began Thursday night after 10 days of attacks by Israeli forces and Palestinian armed...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • Want to lift voter participation? #futurevoterselfie this election with you...
    As the importance of democratic engagement starts making its presence felt in the wake of the lowest voter turn out in a century, it’s time to make universal suffrage a goal again. One step towards that is nurturing the future...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, native birds are...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 18-07
  • GUEST POST: Curwen Rolinson – Equality of Marriage – can we please, fin...
    It’s 2014. Election year. There’s a myriad of wildly important issues facing the nation ranging from breathtaking overreach by our intelligence services, through to ongoing allegations of governmental corruption and the fact that our so-called “Rockstar Economy” is apparently far...
    The Daily Blog | 18-07
  • Wow, the Press Gallery really felt bitter about backing Grant Robertson did...
    I started the daily blog in the wake of the 2012 Labour Party conference. I was very close to Cunliffe at the time and had been pestering him constantly during the conference about whether or not he would push a challenge...
    The Daily Blog | 18-07
  • Ukraine: Tragic loss of life must be impartially investigated
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Ukraine: Tragic loss of life must be impartially investigated The death of nearly 300 people on board a Malaysian Airlines civilian passenger jet, which came down yesterday in an area of...
    The Daily Blog | 18-07
  • RSA condemns downing of flight MH17
    The Royal New Zealand RSA has today denounced the downing of flight MH17, in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, as an act of terror....
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • EDS joins Trans-Tasman Resources High Court appeal
    “EDS has today filed a notice to join (in opposition) Trans-Tasman Resources (TTR) appeal against the decision to reject its marine consent application to mine ironsands in the South Taranaki Bight,” says EDS Executive Director Gary Taylor....
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • Over 1100 dead Kiwis
    Research presented to the NZ Defence Force today shows that an average of 16 service personnel have died away from the front line every year since 1945. Add those from the front line and the figure is 18....
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • Petition to repeal carer legislation presented at parliament
    Today Rachel Noble, Chief Executive of the Disabled Persons Assembly presented a petition, with thousands signatures, to parliament demanding the repeal of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Act (No 2) 2013....
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • Claudette Hauiti to step aside at election
    National Party President Peter Goodfellow confirms that he has received notification from List MP Claudette Hauiti that she plans to step aside at the 20 September election....
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • LGNZ welcomes Prime Minister to local government conference
    Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) was pleased to host the Prime Rt Hon John Key at the 2014 LGNZ Conference today in Nelson. The Prime Minister addressed the audience of 550 delegates including mayors, chairs, chief executives, councillors and senior...
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • Students Challenge Parliament to Protect Student Voice
    Student representatives on Victoria University of Wellington Council. LEFT: Elected-at-large student representative David Alsop. RIGHT: VUWSA President Sonya Clark....
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • Flockton basin residents deserve fairness
    It is blindingly obvious that the land in the Flockton basin has dropped because of the earthquake causing increased flooding and flood vulnerability says Labour’s Christchurch Central Candidate Tony Milne....
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • LGNZ welcomes Labour’s announcement on regional development
    Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) has welcomed today’s announcements from Leader of the Opposition David Cunliffe on regional development. The Hon Cunliffe launched Labour’s regional development policy to more than 550 delegates at the annual 2014...
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • Standing Orders Committee: Review of Standing Orders
    The Standing Orders Committee has presented its report on the Review of Standing Orders. The committee reviews the Standing Orders, procedures, and practices of the House and usually reports towards the end of each parliamentary term....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Stop Israeli State Terror – Rally on 26th July, Aotea Square
    The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is getting much worse and the world is marching in unprecedented numbers. New Zealanders spoke out strongly last Saturday with a march of 5,000 people in Auckland (see picture below) – the biggest march ever...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Human Rights Commission welcomes The Way Forward report
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue has welcomed The Way Forward report on an integrated system for Intimate Partner Violence, Child Abuse and Neglect. “The Way Forward report is truly a way forward. We’re not starting from scratch, all the jigsaw...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Young people to face MPs in UNICEF NZ Election Debate
    The UNICEF New Zealand Youth vs MPs Election Debate takes place today (22 July) at the Beehive Theatrette providing a unique platform for young people to debate issues of importance ahead of the 2014 general election. UNICEF NZ will also...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Taskforce Welcomed to Curb Excess Local Government Control
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Prime Minister John Key’s announcement at the LGNZ conference in Nelson to establish a 'Rules Reduction Taskforce'.Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • LGNZ releases election manifesto
    LGNZ releases election manifesto focusing on the need for strengthening New Zealand’s communities and economies...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Local government celebrates outstanding performance at LGNZ
    Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards, designed to recognise and celebrate the leadership role local government plays within communities. The Awards were presented at a prestigious dinner...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Cocktails for Industry Officials, Squalor for Pigs
    When members of the pork industry meet at their annual conference at Auckland’s Novotel Hotel today, animal advocates are expecting urgent action to address cruelty issues on factory farms. Animal advocacy group SAFE says pork industry officials...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Forest & Bird to mark On the Block campaign at Parliament
    Independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird will hold a photo opportunity at Parliament at noon today to highlight the, unprecedented rights sell-off to frack, log, drill and mine New Zealand’s public conservation land....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • NZCCSS calls for government to raise care workers’ wages
    The New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) is joining the call for the government to increase funding to the aged care sector to enable fair wages to be paid to workers caring for New Zealand’s older people. “The...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • CTU Urges Reserve Bank Not to Raise Interest Rates
    The Council of Trade Unions is calling on the Reserve Bank not to raise interest rates on Thursday. “Another rise in interest rates will raise the dollar further, striking another blow at high value manufacturing industries who are exporting or...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • ACT announces Jamie Whyte as Pakuranga candidate
    Dr Whyte was elected ACT Leader in February. Since then he has been travelling around the country meeting New Zealanders and talking about ACT’s key messages of low, flat tax, cutting green tape, getting tough on crime, and “one country,...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Whyte calls on Craig to name his flat tax rate
    ACT Leader Jamie Whyte has hit out at Colin Craig for failing to name his party's suggested flat tax rate. "Page 9 of The Press today is an advertisement for Colin Craig’s Conservative Party and their policy of having two...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • The Letter 21 July 2014
    All tax and spend ; Do not add up ; Bad economics ; We have moved to the left ; Being in government was a mistake...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Aggressive phone scam targets Inland Revenue customers
    Inland Revenue is warning its customers to beware of aggressive telephone scammers who are targeting people for money and threatening actions such as deportation and prison if not paid....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • A talk on wealth, a rant on inequality, & NZ’s latest stats
    I'm giving a talk in Wellington tomorrow night on wealth in New Zealand: how much of it there is, how it's distributed, and why we should be talking more about it. It's at 5.30 at Connolly Hall in Thorndon, and...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Growing Up in New Zealand Report exploring vulnerability
    The Chief Executive of the Families Commission says the Growing Up in New Zealand (GUiNZ) report released today is the first step towards developing a greater understanding of vulnerability in the New Zealand context....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Christopher Giddens Struck off
    The New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal has ordered that Christopher Giddens be struck from the Roll of Barristers and Solicitors....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Downing of MH17 shows the Ukraine crisis is a global issue
    The downing of Malaysian airlines’ flight MH17 clearly shows the Ukraine crisis is not a local or regional affair, it is a global issue and the world community needs to help the Ukraine, University of Canterbury Ukrainian expert Associate Professor...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • NZEI supports Green party’s commitment to quality ECE
    NZEI Te Riu Roa is welcoming the Green Party’s plans to boost the quality of early childhood education by restoring funding for centres with 100 percent qualified staff....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • NZ First Tax Policy Breaches the China FTA Peters Signed
    Reacting to New Zealand First leader Winston Peters’ policy announcement to introduce a capital gains tax on foreign owned homes and assets, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Interview with Metiria Turei
    We believe that the Green Party and Labour can work together. After the election, we will look at our shared goals and where we can work together to achieve positive goals for New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • NZ First GST Policy Not Thought Through
    Reacting to New Zealand First leader Winston Peters’ policy announcement to remove GST on food, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • KASM to fight seabed mining decision appeal
    Kiwis Against Seabed Mining (KASM) today notified the High Court of its intention to join the EPA in opposing an appeal by Trans Tasman Resources against the EPA’s decision to refuse consent for the country’s first seabed mining proposal....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • MANA Policy Statement- Economic Justice
    A just economy is one where everybody is able to afford the cost of living and enjoy a decent quality of life. In a just economy, tax rates are fair. Those who earn more pay a higher proportion of their...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Waitangi Tribunal Releases Its Report on the MV Rena
    In its interim report released today, the Waitangi Tribunal has found that the Crown’s conduct in response to the grounding of the MV Rena on Otaiti (Astrolabe) reef breached the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Wairoa District Council Should Not Be Gagging Staff
    Reacting to the Dominion Post article that the Wairoa District Council has removed council staff members' personal submissions on the Council's annual plan, Taxpayers' Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: “Staff making personal submissions...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Xero CEO shares ideas on transforming local economies
    Xero CEO shares ideas on transforming New Zealand’s local economies Cloud-based accounting software firm Xero could be based anywhere in the world but Chief Executive Rod Drury keeps the company’s head office in Wellington....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • ‘Pay Up or Lose Licence’ Message Is Getting Through
    Coromandel MP Scott Simpson says fine dodgers are finally paying up since the introduction of strict new rules for traffic offenders. Scott Simpson MP says ‘People who get caught breaking traffic rules now have two choices - pay up or...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Petition for new nurse graduates
    Today the New Zealand Nurses Organisation is launching a petition aimed at achieving a nurse entry to practice (NEtP) position for every new grad nurse. New Zealand is facing a significant nursing shortage over the next decade. We need to...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Local government discusses how we can spread wealth
    Opportunities and risks arising from New Zealand’s changing regions were explored today at the Local Government New Zealand conference in Nelson. Shamubeel Eaqub, Principal Economist at the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research, delivered...
    Scoop politics | 20-07
  • FTC Calls for Rational Dialogue Regarding Gaza
    The Free Thinking Coalition (FTC) urges New Zealanders who are engaged in dialogue regarding the situation in Israel and Palestine to think rationally about issues confronting the Middle East....
    Scoop politics | 20-07
  • Craig says Peters should Come Clean
    Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig says "Winston Peters should come clean and declare where he is standing, who he will work with, and what his bottom lines are."...
    Scoop politics | 20-07
  • Democrats for Social Credit announces Party List
    Democrats for Social Credit Party Leader, Stephnie de Ruyter, today announced the line up of the Party’s candidates and list rankings for the forthcoming election. The party will field thirty electorate candidates and four list only candidates....
    Scoop politics | 20-07
  • Economic Growth And Jobs Are Key Priorities
    A new report highlights the major concerns for Mayors and Chairs A report, based on the findings of a recent survey, identifies what Mayors and Chairs of local authorities think are the major issues facing their communities and organisations. Commissioned...
    Scoop politics | 20-07
  • LGNZ conference 2014: President’s opening speech
    LGNZ conference 2014: President’s opening speech Ladies and gentlemen, the Hon Paula Bennett and particularly our Members, New Zealand’s 78 local governments, this year’s theme: Powering Local Economies | Building Vibrant Communities, is...
    Scoop politics | 20-07
  • LGNZ announces partnership with FairWay Resolution
    Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) today announced a significant new partnership under EquiP, its Centre of Excellence....
    Scoop politics | 20-07
  • Local government votes on three important matters
    Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) members have voted on three remits about topical and important matters for the sector at the 2014 LGNZ Annual General Meeting, held at Nelson. The first remit was a request that LGNZ advocate to the...
    Scoop politics | 20-07
  • Ngapuhi Supports New Maori Language Strategy
    Te Runanga-a-iwi o Ngapuhi strongly supports the Minister of Maori Affairs’ new Maori Language Strategy....
    Scoop politics | 20-07
  • Disrupt And Mobilize to Advance the Cause of Young Kiwis
    Disrupt And Mobilize to Advance the Cause of Young Kiwis Basketball, street dance and hip-hop events staged during in the two-week advance voting period in the lead-up to the general election is how Internet MANA plans to get more young...
    Scoop politics | 20-07
  • Q + A: Winston Peters
    SUSAN New Zealand First is holding its annual conference this weekend, it's just about to get underway again at Alexandra Park Raceway. And celebrating 21 years since the party was formed, will they be celebrating another three years on election...
    Scoop politics | 20-07
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